Laser Hair Reduction
Laser hair reduction is a very safe and effective way to permanently reduce hair growth of underarms, bikini, legs, lower face, backs and many other areas. Laser hair treatments target the hair follicle, gently reducing unwanted hair. As body hair grows in different phases, with active growth only 20 – 30% at any given time, it is necessary to do an average of 5-6 treatments 6-8 weeks apart to ensure effectiveness. With each treatment, significantly less hair grows back.
During your consultation we will make a recommendation that is best for your skin type and desired outcome. Patient treatment plans and results may vary and it is best to expect a reduction, but not total eradication, of all hair. A typical response is 80%-90% reduction of hair growth. As with all treatments, individual results may vary.
How does laser hair reduction work?
The laser emits a wave length that is targeted at melanin. Melanin gives color to our hair and skin. Palomar laser is able to pass through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle. Therefore, the ideal candidate for this procedure has hair that is darker than their skin.
Why do you recommend a series of treatments?
At any given time, a certain percentage of hairs are in the “resting” phase. The laser will not be effective on those hairs, which is why, on average, five to six treatments are necessary achieve maximum results. Due to the variation in the number of hairs in the resting phase, certain areas of the body will respond more rapidly whereas others might take much longer to show hair reduction effects.
Do the treatments hurt and how long will they take?
There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate laser hair reduction very easily. Treatments can take from minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the treatment area. For discomfort we may use ice packs before and after your treatment and/or we will use a cooling machine during the treatment to make the experience more comfortable.
How long does the hair reduction last?
Many patients report that, after 4-6 treatments, their expectations have been met and the hair growth pattern is significantly reduced. You may need more treatments if you have a history of irregular mensus, polycystic ovary disease or a family history of excessive hair. In some areas, in addition to the decrease in the number of hairs, the hairs become very fine and light in color, which is also acceptable to many patients. It is not possible to say that all the hairs will be permanently eradicated. Some patients may need a touch-up several times a year to maintain the improvement, especially on facial hair for women. About 10% of patients are resistant to any type of hair removal laser. It is very important to have a realistic expectation regarding individual results of hair removal.